The archetypal British seaside resort, Eastbourne has something of a mixed reputation. On the one hand, it’s regarded as the sunniest town in the country (and its impressive palm-tree lined esplanade certainly contributes to that image), while on the other, it’s known as something of a retirement village. Any visit is sure to dispel the latter assumption. This is a vibrant town with its eyes planted firmly on the future, with a growing student population and a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel.
This said, there are certainly a few hotels and B&Bs anchored securely in the past, boasting the net curtain and mildew aesthetic that’s been giving British holiday retreats a bad reputation for generations. We’ve made sure to do a deep dive, however, to suggest only the ones that meet the most exacting of modern standards for your stay.
From £72/ night
Situated in a beautiful old farm house complete with a sun terrace and charming garden, and looking out to rolling countryside, this place would make for an excellent holiday retreat in itself regardless of the town it was attached to. That Eastbourne and the seaside are just a short walk away is an incredible bonus. The rooms are cosy and comfortable, and come with a full bevy of modern amenities. There’s even an onsite bar, perfect for whiling away both summer and winter evenings.
From £45/ night
Situated in a beautiful Victorian guesthouse with views out to the sea and over Eastbourne’s imposing theatre building, this is an excellent, reasonably priced bolthole for an overnight stay in town. Set over three floors, its rooms come complete with en suite bathrooms TVs, and tea & coffee making facilities. Comfy and accommodating, it comes highly recommended.
From £98/ night
We’re not being hyperbolic when we say that this could literally be the best bed and breakfast all of Britain. It came in first, after all, in the British Independent’s “50 Best B&Bs” selection, and why not? Situated within a plush and stylish building, the rooms are brimming with personal features, it’s just fifty metres from Eastbourne’s seafront, and very close to the town centre. WiFi, TVs, and more come as standard. And the service is exceptional.
From £65/ night
Perfect for those looking for a place close to the centre of things but still – somehow – peaceful and relaxed. Situated on a quiet side street that’s nevertheless just off Eastbourne’s main esplanade, The Sheldon is a real best-of-both-world’s kind of place, and all served up in a remarkably reasonable package. As well as rooms that offer all the usual features, there’s also extensive onsite parking, perfect if you’re arriving by car!
From £70/ night
Sometimes guest houses can feel a bit impersonal, like hotels masquerading under a different name. The Garfield is most defiantly not that. The moment you step inside, it’s like being welcomed into the home of a long lost friend. Add that to the fact that it’s extremely comfortable, crammed with all the necessities of travel, and right in the middle of things, this is another great value property not to be missed. The breakfast, too, has been known to inspire rhapsodies.